Mesopotamia : Writing, Reasoning, and the Gods.
Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1992. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo. Slight wear to edgs and corners of boards and dust jacket. 311 pages with chronology, map, footnotes, references, bibliographical orientation, and glossary-index. An examination of the impact of writing on the Ancient civilizations of Babylonia and Assyria. This work features the following essays: 1. In Defense of a Useless Science, 2. Assyriology and Our History, 3. A Century of Assyriology, 4. The "Avalanche" of Decipherments in the Ancient Near east between 1800-1930, 5. From Mnemonic Device to Script, 6. Writings and Dialectics, or the Progress of Knowledge, 7. Oneiromancy, 8. Divination and the Scientific Spirit, 9. The Substitute King and His fate, 10. The "Code" of Hammurabi, 11. "Free Love" and Its Disadvantages, 12. The Religious System, 13. Intelligence and the Technical Function of Power: Enki/Ea, 14. The Dialogue of Pessimism and Transcendence, 15. The Mythology of Death. Very good / very good. Item #10634